By Dervish / Last Updated September 15, 2022

Can you install Steam games on external hard drive?


I have a gaming laptop because I travel, but I have a low storage capacity(250gb)and I can’t download big games now because I have no memory left and all my memory is on games, I have an external hard drive (1tb) but I can’t seem to be able to drag the games into the hard drive and delete it from my PC, any way I can do something like that?”

- Question from Steam Community

Why move Steam games to external hard drive?

With the continuous update of Steam games, its memory will also become larger and larger, which tends to occupy a large part of the hard drive space. When you want to download other programs on the hard drive, you may be prompted that the free space is not enough. In this case, if you can move Steam games to an external hard drive, you will not only avoid deleting hundreds of GB of game data, but also free up hard drive space.

Another reason is that some players want to move Steam games to SSD in order to pursue a better gaming experience. As the performance of SSD is better than HDD, this can greatly improve the running speed of the game.

How to move Steam games from PC to external hard drive?

There are two effective ways to show you how to move Steam games to external hard drive. One is a built-in feature of Steam and the other one is a powerful App Mover utility. Please read the following paragraphs carefully.

Method 1. Move Steam games via Steam Settings

To achieve the purpose of transfer Steam games, Steam Settings plays an important role. With the help of it, you can move Steam games from PC to an external hard drive one by one.

1. In the main interface of Steam, follow “Steam” > “Settings” > “Steam Library Folders”.

2. Here, you can click“ADD LIBRARY FOLDER” and select the external hard drive you plan move to, hit “NEW FOLDER” and write a directory name.

3. Back to the main interface, right-click game name you want to move, and select “Properties”.

4. In this windows, click on“Local Files” and select“MOVE INSTALL FOLDER”.

5. Hit“MOVE FOLDER” to start the transfer.

6. Wait a moment, the process can be completed. Click on “Close” to quit.

Method 2. Move all Steam games at once by App Mover

With the help of Steam Settings, you can transfer Steam games to an external hard drive, but only one can be moved at a time. If you want to move multiple games, you need to repeat the operation.

In this case, you need to seek help from third-party software. I highly recommend you to try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional (suitable for Windows10/8/7/Vista/XP), it almost makes up for the shortcomings of all other application transfer tools on the market.

☞ The App Mover function can transfer all Steam games or non-Steam games to an external hard drive, and the transferred data will not be lost.
☞ The moved Steam games can be run directly on the external hard drive without downloading again.
☞ It has no file system restrictions and can be moved between NTFS, exFAT, and FAT32.
☞ You can also restore the moved Steam games to their original location.
☞ The operation is simple, and the graphical user interface is very clear, so non-technical personnel can use it quickly.

In addition to transferring apps, you can also use Merge Partition, Allocate Free Space to extend the storage of the partition.

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 Step 1. Install and launch PA Professional, click “Tools” on the right, then select the “App Mover” under "Free Up Space".

Click App Mover

Step 2. In this window, select the disk where the Steam is located, and then click Next. You can also click Manage/Restore Apps to restore the moved programs.

Step 3. Check the applications you want to move, you can select single or multiple selections. Then select the drive where you want to move to, and click Move.

Step 4. Read the prompts carefully, click OK and Move.

Step 5. Wait for the transfer to complete.

Bottom Line

How to move steam games to external hard drive? This post provides two methods to achieve this purpose quickly and safely. You can choose one according to your actual situation. Last but not least, if you plan to use App Mover of AOMEI Partition Assistant in Windows Server, please try to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.